Atlantis: Three Tales

By Samuel R. Delany

3 marvelously dependent tales hint the difficult interdependencies of reminiscence, event, and the self.

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I believe she concept he was once going to kill you. ” “Yeah,” Hubert acknowledged. “So did I. ” “Hubert—what did you do? ” The query requested, the final of drifting, of dreaming, vanished, Sam was once icily wakeful, electrically alert. Hubert shifted his weight, then shifted it back. “Just . . . stuff. That’s what you have been dreaming approximately? ” “No—well, possibly i used to be. I’m unsure. yet I awakened considering it. ” outdoor the window, clotheslines hung like lapping lariats that, past the body, may encincture evening to day. “Can’t you inform me what it used to be, Hubert?

No, the boat was once empty. He may possibly see the braces throughout its backside. He strained to work out the pants, the hat—one oar docked inside of, the opposite unfastened and floating. He watched decades. It took the boat nearly mins to do an entire, lazy, lengthy rotation. And he watched it do , then 3, whereas he scanned the water, first close to it, then additional away, for the sunburned fingers and shoulders slicing via (swimming strongly), black hair thrown again, glistening, breaking the ripples . . . is the attempt of the way you notice your self, and whether or no longer you hesitate, Sentimentality and Inhibition are the Scylla and Charybdis of the feedback of this decade, it can be assumed that you've gained, that this wood and exterior illustration He observed not anything.

All right,” she stated. “Let’s all behave. Come on, now—let’s pass. I obtained your penny postcards for you. We’re going to take them again domestic and draw images of what we need for Christmas and ship them to Santa Claus on the North Pole. That’s what we’re going to do now. ” As she stepped by way of Sam, she smiled her gratitude for his short vigil—and defined: “They won’t by no means get not anything. they usually can’t write. yet they prefer to attract the photographs and ship them to Santa. ” She became to the women. “Now we all. Let’s pass!

You will have a few, Clarice? ” “Oh, yes,” Clarice stated. “Thank you. ” “I’ll have some,” Sam stated. “I’ll have a few too,” Lucius stated. “But I do need to mention—I suggest as a attorney, now. Hubert’ll again me up. you recognize this is—strictly speaking—completely a criminal offense! ” “Against what legislations? ” Dr. Corey acknowledged. “The eighteenth amendment,” Lucius stated. “We received prohibition, i'm hoping you consider! ” “This isn't really opposed to the law,” Elsie acknowledged. “This isn’t moonshine. This isn’t tub gin. this is often do-it-yourself blackberry cordial—it’s not likely to harm anyone!

He protested, turning again. “No, you’re not—! ” no matter what it was once, my father truthfully couldn’t pay attention it. And, as an ear musician, what he couldn’t listen, he couldn’t play—even when you wrote it out. It resulted in loud and insistent declamations from him—and tears from me, until my mom regarded in from the kitchen. “What are the 2 of you happening approximately so? It’s just a music! ” “Look! ” Dad insisted, “I’m going to teach you you’re incorrect! I’m going to get the sheet track! ” “Okay,” I acknowledged. “You’ll see! ” whereas i attempted to not cry anymore.

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